Why ‘Aquaman’ Is The DC Movie Universe’s ‘Iron Man’

Why 'Aquaman' Is The DC Movie Universe's 'Iron Man'
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This Christmas sees the release of Aquaman -- DC's epic story of a rugged underwater king, not a '90s throwback about some dude who loves "Barbie Girl." The much-hyped movie starring snow cone connoisseur Jason Momoa comes at an odd time for the DC Extended Universe. While Aquaman is ostensibly set in the same timeline as Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and Justice League, you might have noticed that continuity seems to be hopelessly falling apart. Current cinematic Superman Henry Cavill was fired by Warner Bros., and Ben Affleck is more likely to return to the role of douchey Mallrats villain than the Caped Crusader. Fans still love Wonder Woman, but one character isn't enough to support a crumbling cinematic universe, right?

So in this perilous time for the franchise, the powers that be are letting it all ride on ... Aquaman? After three subpar movies failed at rejuvenating the two most famous superheroes in pop culture, Aquaman may very well decide the fate of the DC cinematic empire. Which is a little like putting the equipment manager into the big game after the quarterback is concussed.

After all, Aquaman doesn't exactly have the pedigree of Superman or Batman. His screen debut was a weird 1980s fan film. And after the success of Smallville, producers tried the same teen-friendly approach with Aquaman. Sadly, the pilot chronicling the adventures of "beach bum" A.C. Curry wasn't picked up.

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The closest we've gotten to a big-budget Aquaman project was a non-superhero TV series. A Season 2 arc of Entourage (that show HBO made before wisely replacing bros with ice zombies) finds protagonist Vincent Chase starring in James Cameron's Aquaman. (And indeed, James Cameron would direct a damn Arby's commercial if it meant journeying into the ocean depths.) The studio pitches a "darker, grittier" movie, but because it's Aquaman, the costume still ends up looking like "underwater Elton John."

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Why 'Aquaman' Is The DC Movie Universe's 'Iron Man'

This Christmas sees the release of Aquaman — DC’s epic story of a rugged underwater king, not a ’90s throwback about some dude who loves “Barbie Girl.” The much-hyped movie starring snow cone connoisseur Jason Momoa comes at an odd time for the DC Extended Universe. While Aquaman is ostensibly set in the same timeline as Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and Justice League , you might have noticed that continuity seems to be hopelessly falling apart. Current cinematic Superman Henry Cavill was fired by Warner Bros. , and Ben Affleck is more likely to return to the role of douchey Mallrats villain than the Caped Crusader . Fans still love Wonder Woman, but one […]

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